California Residence for Tuition Purposes

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Establishing Residency

How to establish residency

The University of California uses the following information in establishing residence for purposes of tuition and fees:

Common Nonresident Tuition Exemptions

Nonresident exemption waivers

AB540 Eligibility 


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  • Statement of Legal Residence

    • New undergraduate and graduate students and returning students with an absence of two or more terms must submit a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR). This form is used to determine the fees that will be assessed. Students who do not submit the SLR will be classified as a Nonresident and will be assessed the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. 

      Students required to complete the SLR will be prompted on the To Do List in their MyUCSC portal.

  • Continuing students must submit a Petition for Change of Legal Residence Status to the Residency Deputy by the filing deadline.
  • Application for AB540 Nonresident Tuition Exemption

Self Support Documentation

Students required to provide evidence of financial independence must complete and submit the documentation and self support form that is relevant to the term for which they are seeking a California resident classification. The self support forms are found here.

Sending documents to the Residence Deputy

You may upload your documents ​at​. Follow the instructions for sharing your documents with the Residence Deputy.

Residency Filing Deadlines

Filing Periods for New Students to Complete the Online Statement of Legal Residence Form (SLR)

Filing periods for new students to complete the online Statement of Legal Residence form.


Filing Begins

Filing Ends


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Fall 2021 When Admitted May 6, 2021 June, 6 2021 June 6, 2021

Filing Periods for Continuing Students

The dates below are the filing periods for continuing UC Santa Cruz students.  Students must submit Petitions for Change of Legal Residence Status to the Residency Deputy by the filing deadline.  Petitions received after the deadline will be denied.  No exceptions will be made. 

The columns describe dates for filings to begin and end. The rows set out specific quarters for filings.


Filing Begins

Filing Ends

Fall 2021

June 1, 2021

Sept. 23, 2021

Winter 2022

Nov. 1, 2021

Jan. 3, 2022

Spring 2022

Feb. 1, 2022

March 28, 2022

Fall 2022

June 1, 2022

Sept. 22, 2022

Deadline to Submit Supporting Documents

All supporting documents must be received by the third week of the term:

The first column is the applicable quarter, the second is the deadline to submit documents.
Term Deadline
Fall 2021 Oct. 13, 2021
Winter 2022 Jan. 24, 2022
Spring 2022 April 15, 2022

Residence Determination Dates

Column one spells out the term, column two the determination date.
Term Determination Date
Fall 2021 Sept. 23, 2021
Winter 2022 Jan. 3, 2022
Spring 2022 March 28, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 22, 2022

NOTE: Students who have not been classified as of the registration fee deadline are liable for payment of their total assessed registration fees. 

Helpful Information for the Residency Cycle

For tips on navigating the residence determination process and completing the Statement of Legal Residence, select Helpful Information Through the Residency Cycle.

Residency Information for Tuition Purposes

The Residence Policy and Guidelines is the main source of residency information and is utilized by the Campus Residence Deputy to make determinations regarding residency. Read the full text of the Residency Policy and Guidelines here.

If you do not meet the University of California requirements for residence for tuition purposes on the residence determination date for each term in which you propose to attend the university, you must pay a Nonresident Supplemental Tuition in addition to all other fees. The residence determination date is the day instruction begins at the last of the University of California campuses to open for the quarter, and for schools on the semester system, the day instruction begins for the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions concerning residency can be found here.

Residency Zoom Drop-In Advising Session 

One-on-one virtual advising with a residence deputy is available. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room until the meeting host invites you in. 

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Web Access: Join meeting using this link.

Phone Access: Phone number +1 (669) 900 6833; use Meeting ID: 929 5019 0947; Passcode: 383939

Note: First-come first-served basis, 10 students maximum capacity based on limited resources. Although the Zoom meeting may appear “open” after these cutoff times, we will only be able to advise you if you entered the waiting room by the posted cutoff time and terms.  If time runs out, you may join the next drop-in session. Please have your UCSC ID card or other photo ID ready.  If you don't have your photo ID, we can only provide general information.

Drop-In Advising

Revised: 06/16/21